The following five people were elected by the parish on Sunday, Nov. 10, to serve a three-year term on Calvary’s vestry.
Will Hayley (73) and his wife Trish originally joined Calvary a decade ago because of our downtown location; however, he is quick to add that they “stayed because of the congregation and our church’s mission of ‘making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis.’” Will received his BA from Rhodes and his Master of Education from University of Memphis. After a 30+ year career in Enterprise Software (sales & management), he retired from IBM in 2011. For many years, Will has served the Hospitality HUB as an intake counselor, fundraiser, board member, and board chair. He also volunteers annually at Waffle Shop and the Emmanuel Meal. He is an active participant in the “Baguette Brothers,” the Thursday morning men’s Bible Study group that meets at La Baguette. In the Memphis community, Will serves on the board of the Mid-South YMCA, and is the board chair and capital campaign team member of the downtown YMCA. He volunteers at the Memphis Farmers’ Market, fundraises for the Center for Southern Folklore, and participates in the neighborhood associations for both Downtown and South Main. Will says he wants to serve on the vestry to “support our clergy and church community in our discernment of God’s work to be done and encourage individual faith development for all parishioners.” As a vestry member, Will would like to focus on “attracting more members from downtown neighborhoods; helping on a future capital campaign; and supporting Calvary opportunities for individual faith development, such as the ministry and fellowship of the Baguette Brothers.
Kathryn Jasper (34) grew up at Calvary, married her husband Jake here and they baptized their two daughters, Ruthie (4.5) and Kate (1), in the parish. She has the pleasure of worshipping on Sundays with both her parents, Jan & Barney Elam, and her in-laws, Kim & John Jasper. She says, “We now have a whole row (two rows when my siblings and their spouses and kids come along).” Aside from family, what keeps Kathryn at Calvary is “the community that supports each other, the diversity of membership, living the belief that God truly loves everyone, the gospel of grace that Calvary displays in ministry, and the engagement in the Memphis community.” In the Episcopal Church, Kathryn has served as the director of Camp Gailor-Maxon, the Episcopal summer camp for the state of Tennessee, and on Bishop Phoebe Roaf’s search committee. At Calvary, she is a former Eucharistic Minister and Children & Youth Council chair and served on Scott Walters’ search committee. To the vestry, Kathryn will bring her unique perspective as someone who has been “a child, youth, young-adult, and now parent in the parish.” She says, “As someone who grew up in the choir and now plays in the bell choir, music in ministry is an area I want to represent.” Kathryn has a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science and a Master of Education, both from the University of Tennessee. She taught for five years in urban public schools, then seven years at Hutchison School as the Hutchison Leads Director, a leadership development program that includes internships, field trips, a speaker series, and mentoring with alumnae. She is currently taking time to focus on her daughters and allow herself to do volunteer work that fulfills and enriches.
John Owen (43) was introduced to Calvary by Gary Wilson, with whom he works at Southeastern Asset Management, Inc., a Memphis, TN based global investment manager. He joined Southeastern from institutional consultant DeMarche Associates, Inc. in Kansas City, MO. Prior to that he served as an executive with Georgia-Carolina Manufacturing Co. in Augusta, GA. He began his career as a valuation analyst at Willamette Management Associates in Atlanta, GA., and received his Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. John introduced Calvary to his wife Katie, who then served for many years as Calvary’s parish administrator. She recently retired to spend more time with their children, Phoebe (5) and John Wilson (2). The family enjoys volunteering together at various church activities including Room in the Inn. John serves on the West Tennessee Endowment Corporation (WTEC) committee, helping to oversee the diocesan endowment. Through his involvement with a local multi-sport racing team in Memphis, John assists with the hosting of and support for a number of races in Memphis throughout the year. John states that “Involvement is important to me. Calvary has been and will continue to be a key part of our family experience from the place we gather to worship, to the wonderful fellowship we enjoy, to the opportunities it provides our family to serve others.” As a vestry member, John will focus on helping the parish’s ideas become reality.
Laura Trott (43) began her career in non-profit communications right here at Calvary. After graduating from Rhodes and deciding to stay in Memphis, Laura began looking for two things: a job and a church. She found Calvary first, and “once I met Ebet Peeples and former associate rector Larue Downing, it wasn’t long before I landed that first job as Calvary’s communications coordinator. The beautiful worship services, meaningful messages, and warm welcome I received had me coming back every Sunday.” Laura went on to work for Chi Omega Fraternity’s Executive Headquarters and has spent the last decade at Lausanne Collegiate School, first as the school’s director of marketing and communications and now as the school’s director of admission. In her 15 years at Calvary, Laura has focused on welcoming others to the parish as a Greeter and Shepherd to many newcomers. When asked to be a godmother, she “began to question how much I really knew about the answers I would be giving in response to the baptismal covenant on my goddaughter’s behalf (even though I’m a cradle Episcopalian).” This led Laura to dive into small group Bible Studies, which she has facilitated for the past 15 years. Laura enjoys “wondering” with our 1st and 2nd graders on Sunday mornings in Godly Play. She also enjoyed wondering with our entire church community as a co-chair for the Strategic Planning Team in 2012. Laura is married to Andrew and is the mother of Abby (13) and William (11). She is excited to serve on the vestry, because “I love Calvary. I love the people. I love our worship. I love the music. I love the lessons. I love the prayers. I love the ministries. I love our buildings. I love the energy! I look forward to supporting our shared community in making God’s love visible in downtown Memphis and wherever our paths take us.” She feels called to focus on Calvary’s welcoming efforts, as well as the support of our educational ministries for both children and adults.
Anna Kathryn Word (41) graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Administration. She has worked in fundraising and development since 2002 for regional, national, and international organizations, including ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, MIFA, and Facing History and Ourselves, where she currently is the director of development. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy.
Anna Kathryn is married to Hank and is the mother of Harry (10) and Evangeline (3). They joined Calvary in 2013 “after searching for a place where we felt at home—and we found it at Calvary. We felt welcomed and loved from the moment we walked into the Discovery class.” Since then, she has taught the High School formation class with husband Hank, and served on the Development Committee. She now serves as the Calvary liaison for Moms Demand Action. Anna Kathryn is active at her children’s schools, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School and St. Mary’s Episcopal School, where she serves as a room mother. In the past, she has served on the board of St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the University of Memphis MPA Alumni Association, and been an active member of the Junior League of Memphis. As a vestry member, Anna Kathryn looks forward “to helping newcomers make those connections that we found so valuable when we first arrived at Calvary.” She also hopes to use her fundraising and nonprofit management skills to help move the parish forward. She plans to be an active and participatory member of the vestry, assisting in stewardship strategies, children’s activities, and building community among our parishioners.